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Pets: More than property to many people going through divorce

Divorce is a complicated situation, but there are some factors that can make them worse. For example, what do you do when your beloved pet is involved in your split up?

Recently, California changed the way it handles cases with pets, and you may be surprised to find out that Illinois believes the same things, too. One of the best things you can do early on in your marriage when you purchase a pet or at any time during your marriage is to make a plan for your pet's care. You can do this with a pet prenuptial agreement or a pet postnuptial agreement.

Your child deserves support from both parents after divorce

Child support is an important factor in divorce cases, both during and after the case. It is important that children in divorced families receive the financial support they need to grow up in a secure environment.

Some people feel that paying child support is unfair, but the reality is that child support is a necessity for many individuals. Without support, there would be many parents struggling to provide for their children.

Will a divorce always negatively affect children?

One thing every parent should remember is that it isn't their divorce that will affect their child the most. Instead, it's how they act during and after that divorce.

Parents who can respect one another and be kind during a divorce are more likely to have children who learn to work through conflicts in the same way. On the other hand, parents who fight tooth and nail are more likely to see children who act out.

In an equitable distribution state, the keyword is “fair”

If you are facing divorce, you may worry about the property division phase of the proceedings, not knowing exactly what to expect.

Illinois is an equitable distribution state in which the division of assets is fair but not always a 50-50 split.

Pet custody: An important part of some divorces

When a marriage is over, there are lots of things to talk and think about. One of the things that is becoming a more prominent question is who gets to take the family pets.

Pets, today, are being treated more and more like family. Instead of treating them as property like courts did in the past, more people are turning to judges to establish visitation policies and for custody discussions.

Get the right help for a contentious legal battle

Going through a divorce isn't always easy, but the good news is that there are things that can help. From going through mediation to allowing a judge to determine the outcome of your case, there are always things that can be done to resolve a divorce.

One of the most difficult things to deal with is a divorce that is not going to plan. It's already hard to deal with the financial and emotional difficulties of divorce, but struggling with arguments with your spouse is a whole different situation.

3 tips to help you get the custody arrangement you want

If you are starting the divorce process and have children with the other parent, your goal may be to have as much time with your kids as possible. However, if you're worried about being seen as a responsible parent, you might think that the judge won't rule in your favor.

If you and your spouse can't work out a custody arrangement on your own, then it's important for you to know what to say and do if you go to court. The right actions could help you get custody. Here are three important tips.

Do people have to pay back missing child support?

If you have not paid child support or have not been receiving the child support you are supposed to get from the other parent, there is a way of collecting that money later on. It is known as back-paying support, and it's how children can eventually obtain compensation for child support they were supposed to get during their years growing up.

One parent typically owes support during a divorce. That parent is expected to meet the obligation monthly or in whatever way the court agrees to. State guidelines generally state how the obligator has to pay the recipient over time. If the correct payments are not made, then the person who was supposed to be paying is considered in arrears.

Divorce conflict: You can work through it

A divorce isn't easy for most people, and the likelihood is that there will be some difficulties that come up with yours. It's likely that you and your spouse will have some disagreements, but if you're willing to work together, you can get through them. If not, you both can go to trial and have a judge determine what happens with your divorce, but that is usually not the best option for anyone involved.

You and your spouse may not be sure how to work with each other during a divorce, especially because you are separating. That doesn't mean that there aren't options or that you can't be civil with one another.

3 ways to divide marital property in an Illinois divorce

Breaking up a marriage involves more than just you and your spouse going your separate ways, it also entails the complex process of dividing your marital property. One of the biggest questions you may have is what you are going to end up with after the split. The answer depends on which approach you take to distributing community assets. There are three common ways you may go about it:

1. Prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

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